Mavis Booze Mentoring Award

The Mavis Booze Mentoring Award was established in 1999. Mavis Booze, a longtime active member of both the South Dakota Counseling Association and the South Dakota School Counseling Association, passed away on June 21, 1998 following a long battle with cancer. 

Mavis served as a school counselor in South Dakota for twenty-one years. She began her counseling career in Miller in 1975, move on to Pierre in 1978 to become a counselor at TF Riggs High School. She held the position in Pierre for 18 years before retirement in 1996. 

Throughout her years, Mavis dedicated a countless number of hours to the counseling profession statewide by serving on numerous boards and committees. Both SDCA and SDSCA have honored her with the highest awards that their organizations have to bestow on their members. 

The truly memorable thing about Mavis was her wonderful ability and willingness to  help other counselors. Counselors from across the state turned to her throughout the years for support and information and she always gladly and willingly helped them become more knowledgeable, competent, and caring. Mentor, friend, adviser, and role-model-Mavis has been all of these to many people. As a result, as a way of honoring her, it seems only fitting that the Mavis Booze Mentoring Award be given annually to recognize a counselor who shares willingly and enthusiastically what they know with others. 

A Personal Note from Carla Fielder Claymore, who helped establish this award...

"Mavis Booze was the counselor at Riggs High School in Pierre when I became the K-12 counselor for the Stanley County School District in Ft. Pierre in 1981. Previously, I had been a Junior High counselor for Todd County School District and a residential counselor in the BIA dormitories in Mission, SD. But that prior experience and my MA in Counseling form USD did not adequately prepare me for many of the responsibilities that came with being a K-12 school counselor at Stanley County.

That's when Mavis Booze came to my rescue and became my mentor and eventually my close friend. Over the phone, at local chapter meetings, or while traveling to counseling conventions together-Mavis gave me a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction. I always had a lot of questions for her and she was amazingly helpful at all times. I asked for for advice and she gave it. She taught me the nuts and bolts of guidance and counseling, and she became the model to which I aspired.

Mavis was a wise and trusted mentor, adviser, guide, tutor, and coach to many other counselors from the Central Guidance Chapter and from throughout the state, as well. She retired in 1996 and passed away in 1998, but her legacy will always endure through the countless minds she awakened and the lives she touched.

In 1999, the Central Chapter members felt it was important to establish the SDCA Mavis Booze Mentoring Award in her honor to recognize counselors who share willingly and enthusiastically what they know with others." 

These winners have demonstrated the willingness and ability to provide support and to share insights, expertise, resources, and enthusiasm with other counselors. In addition, they have demonstrated an understanding of the counseling profession and shown respect for it. 

Nominate using the google form or Submit the nomination form found HERE. Nominations close March 1, 2023!

2022 Winner: Tracey Caldwell

Tracey is willing to collaborate with colleagues and to consult with them when difficult situations arise. She is willing to share her expertise with new counselors and has mentored interns and new staff. Personally, she has mentored me since I had joined RCAS only three short years ago. First, when I joined RCAS, she was the lead counselor and was responsible for new counselors' orientation and welcomed us. She mentored all the new counselors and helped them achieve success as they entered the district. Tracey was available for any question that arose throughout the years and provided sound feedback to assist counselors in their buildings. This year as I stepped into her former role as lead counselor, her support has been invaluable. Her help, guidance, and feedback has been instrumental as I have been navigating this new role at RCAS. She made the transition progress smoothly as I learned my new role, she understood what other things I was ready to take on and supported me in each challenge. -Elizabeth Rus, Professional School Counselor


Past Award Winners

  • 2022- Tracey Caldwell
  • 2021- Deb Butman Perkins
  • 2019- Dr. Karyl Meister
  • 2018- Robin Svendsen
  • 2017 - Jennifer Wiese
  • 2016 - Rebecca Christiansen
  • 2015 - Ashley Seeklander
  • 2014 - Sherri Booze
  • 2013 - Kent Turbak
  • 2012 - Stacy Solsaa
  • 2011 - Duane Kavanaugh
  • 2010 - Tami Ambroson
  • 2009 - Jill Stephenson
  • 2008 - Chris and Hande Briddick
  • 2007 - Andree Johnson
  • 2006 - Jay Trenhaile
  • 2005 - John Hegg
  • 2004 - Grace Mims & Jill Schoen
  • 2003 - Carla Claymore
  • 2002 - Frank Main
  • 2001 - Nancy Kennedy
  • 2000 - Ruth Johnson
  • 1999 - Bill Smith